The Grip of Culture: The Social Psychology of Climate Catastrophism

Our children grow up in a climate of permanent fear. Don’t get me wrong – we had our own share of fears in our own childhood. Cold War and the fear of an imminent nuclear attack, Czhernobyl and the fear of nuclear accident, acid rain and the fear of no forests, the ozone hole and the fear of skin cancer, and a whole load of others. And we were really afraid as kids – sort of at least. Age gives me hindsight. I have seen every crisis petter out and dissolve in a puff of smoke. So will this one. But our kids don’t know that if we don’t tell them. It won’t be easy but it’s worth it. Our kids are our own fault. 

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